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John Sumser Joins as Executive Editor


SEATTLE Ė April 6, 2007 ó Jobster, Inc. today announced John Sumser was named executive editor at -- the leading user-generated recruiting content site on the web. was acquired by Jobster in 2006. Sumser, who takes over for departing founder/editor Jason Davis, has already assumed some of the executive editorís duties and will be working closely with Davis to transition all duties over the next three weeks.

ďJohn Sumser is widely recognized as a thoughtful and opinionated leader in the recruiting industry. John has been an important voice for industry change and Iím thrilled to welcome him to team Jobster. Adding Johnís voice and vision to will further execute on Jason Davisís original mission for as the leading recruiting community portal on the web. The recruiting community is lucky to have John Sumser guiding this ship forward. Iím confident it is going to be a fun and enjoyable ride.Ē said Jobster CEO, Jason Goldberg. ďWhile we say hello to John, we say a goodbye to Jason Davis. Jason has been instrumental in building into what it is today and we will miss him.Ē

Sumserís first posting as executive editor of follows, in his own words:

New Order

(April 6, 2007) As you may have heard, I am going to serve as the Executive Editor at following Jason Davisí departure at the end of the month. Jason, entrepreneur that he is, is headed off to make more money. I will attempt to make a small contribution in his absence.

Davis has made an interesting and long lasting impact on the Recruiting world. When I talked with him yesterday, he told me that his goal for had been to ďmake it entertaining.Ē I donít think that anyone before him had ever even considered the possibility that our industry could be entertaining. We mostly hoped that no one would decide to make the ďOffice SpaceĒ of Recruiting. Iím afraid we (the industry, that is) wouldnít fare well under that sort of scrutiny. For all of the real strategic value that emerges from our collective work, thereís a smarmy exterior that doesnít pass the video test.

Jason Davis is a fine human being. I was telling an old friend that he is ďlike the leprechaun at the end of the rainbow.Ē Heís charming, funny, a natural networker and somehow, he just makes lots of money. Heís kind and generous and has said an awful lot of nice things about me over the past couple of years. Iíll miss his contributions.

Thanks, JD.

Thereís another Jason in this puzzle.

Iíve known Jason Goldberg for about two years, now. Iíve grown fond of him and am constantly surprised by his energy and passion. Heís a quick study. He and his company are doing a huge number of things that no one else in the industry is willing or able to do. Jobster, under Goldbergís guidance, is redefining the online job hunting process for a new generation of workers who will not be working the way their parents did. Not content to simply scrape, collect and sort the job postings of others, Jobster is introducing and experimenting with technologies that are capable of making a real difference.

Figuring out how to straddle the needs of a commercial enterprise with practical R&D is something that I understand. In a prior lifetime, I ran software development and Research & Development operations for 15 years in the Electronics Industry. Peering over the horizonís edge while managing customer adoption is no simple chore. Itís an appropriate and useful place for large investments of venture capital. The money frees the enterprise to take business risks that would be unbearable in a conventionally financed operation. With increased ability to take risks comes the increased certainty of mistake making. Thatís how R&D works.

There are a number of famous stories about Thomas Edison and R&D. In the history of the evolution of the light bulb, heís been said to have tried and created thousands of potential materials for the light bulb filament. Each was a failure until he stumbled on the carbon version. In the meantime, investors grew weary and the public made fun. Thatís how R&D goes.

Itís been a challenge getting used to having Jason in the industry. For over a decade, I held sole ownership of the ďover the top in the Recruiting IndustryĒ annual award. Once Jason opened up the competition, it was as if the flood gates had been raised. These days, Goldberg is mild when compared to the antics of his critics.

So where does that leave me?

Jason Goldberg has been generous enough to continue his investment in Itís not likely to ever be a central component of the companyís product line. Rather, itís Jobsterís endowment to the Recruiting community. Goldberg is being vastly more generous with his resources than any of his competitors. He believes in the industry and demonstrates by operating at armís length while financing a part time Executive Editor.

While Jason Davis retains the helm, Iím going to be learning the infrastructure and listening. Because the form of the site wonít change when Jason leaves, things will look much the same on the surface. Iíll be listening even harder.

Iím going to gather an advisory board and will keep you posted as I add people to the mix. Iím going to ask each member of that group to watch the website and offer detailed suggestions about direction and improvement. Iím going to ask each of them to contribute an original article about Recruiting (that doesnít promote their business) each month.

Then, Iím going to listen some more.

I wonít be quitting my day job. Iíve been writing for interbiznet since I founded it in 1994. Iíll continue to write a column each day as usual.

For the most part, I have more questions than answers right now. I am excited about the opportunity and am grateful to both Jasons for the opportunity. I think itís going to be fun and hope youíll enjoy it, too.

About John Sumser
John Sumser, 53, is the preeminent analyst of the online Recruiting industry. Founder of interbiznet and editor of the Electronic Recruiting News, Sumser has been shaping the industry with his daily columns for a dozen years. Sumser speaks and consults in five areas: workforce demographics, job hunter user experience, recruiting as a conversation, recruiting trends and recruiting industry strategy. He is the author of the Recruiterís Internet Survival Guide, the Electronic Recruiting Indices, and countless white papers. A regular on the industry speaking circuit, he claims to have never given the same talk twice.

About Jobster
Founded in 2004, Jobster is the online career center for the digital generation. Millions of individuals use Jobster to connect with people, information, and opportunities to further their careers. The Jobster Career Center can also be found on Facebook, the leading website for 18-24 year olds. More than 15 percent of Fortune 100 employers use Jobsterís premium recruiting tools to find the great people they cannot find elsewhere. Jobster is backed by industry-leading investors Ignition Partners, Trinity Ventures, Mayfield Fund and Reed Elsevier Ventures. For more information, visit


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